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The Democrats’ obsession with abortion on display in Women’s Health Protection Act –“mandating nine months of abortion on demand across America”

by | Mar 2, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

We ran a post yesterday under the headline “But yet again, our colleagues wish to demonstrate that the radical left fringe runs today’s Democratic Party.” The headline was the concluding sentence from remarks made by pro-life Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who hammered the Democrats for their extremism and hypocrisy.

He was talking, of course, about the “Women’s Health Protection Act” [WHPA] which pro-abortionists wanted to pass in the worse way. National Right to Life’s explanation of the protective laws that the measure would nullify tells you why they were so bitterly disappointed.

The White House responded to the defeat via a statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Let’s break it down, for it most revealing.

At a time when women’s access to reproductive health care is under increased assault in states across the country, it is extremely disappointing that Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would strengthen health care access and codify constitutional rights affirmed half a century ago by Roe v. Wade and in subsequent Supreme Court precedent.

To start with the obvious, abortion is not “health care,” reproductive or otherwise. It is a brutal assault on a helpless unborn baby. Equally misleading is the assertion that WHPA would merely “codify” Roe and subsequent Supreme Court decisions.

Politico’s Alice Miranda Ollstein pointed out how radically inaccurate that is:

The bill, which progressive lawmakers have pushed since 2013, would have gone further than codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law by barring states from enacting restrictions on abortion both later and earlier in pregnancy.

In fact, WHPA would obliterate all, or nearly all, state and federal protections, make us pay for abortions, decimate freedom of conscience, to name just three.

Today, we mark six months since Texas law SB8 went into effect, brazenly violating Texans’ constitutional rights and empowering private citizens to act as bounty hunters against their neighbors. Now, a number of other states are also considering passing laws in open defiance of the U.S. Constitution, threatening the reproductive freedom of all Americans. These restrictions are particularly devastating for communities of color, rural Americans, and all those faced with fewer options and fewer resources.

Six months since Texas’ Heartbeat Law went to effect. S.B. 8 has been saving lives on a daily basis since September 1. Psaki says it is “threatening the reproductive freedom of all Americans.” Please, enough with the hyperbole. And

As dangerous new laws proliferate in states across the country, the Biden-Harris Administration will continue to explore the measures and tools at our disposal to stand up for women’s equality. This is a moment for us to recommit to strengthening access to women’s health care, defend the constitutional right affirmed by Roe, and protect the freedom of all people to build their own future.

Psaki assures her readers that the Biden/Harris administration is not deterred. They will try various stratagems of dubious constitutionally.

Let me conclude with Republican Leader McConnell’s full statement.

With a cascade of major crises testing our country, Senate Democrats are prioritizing a show vote on mandating nine months of abortion on demand across America.

Senate Democrats want to go on the record supporting the radical and massively unpopular proposition that we should have functionally no restrictions on abortion whatsoever. …

But yet again, our colleagues wish to demonstrate that the radical left fringe runs today’s Democratic Party.

As the world prays for Ukraine and debates consequences for Putin… as American families contend with violent crime, open borders, and runaway inflation… Washington Democrats want to spend their time arguing for unlimited abortion on demand.

I want to thank the Majority Leader for making it so clear where his party’s priorities lie.

Categories: Abortion